Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tips for thrifty travel

  • Be sure to have a budget and schedule so you can plan your trip realistically.

  • It’s often cheaper to purchase flight tickets or buy tour packages early at travel fairs.

  • If possible, especially if you have nonschoolgoing children, travel during low season.

  • Buy travel insurance for unexpected delays and medical emergencies. You never know what could go wrong.

  • Buy food and water at grocery stores or market places instead of hotels and touristy sites. Always carry some snacks with you.

  • Book hotels within walking distance from town so you can save on transport. Check accessibility of public transportation.

  • Opt to stay in B&Bs, which offer double the warmth and cultural intimacy for half the price of a hotel.

  • Use an up-to-date guidebook to find your way around. Saving money by not buying one is penny-wise and pound-foolish.

  • If you must shop, flea markets are cheap sources of funky, fun souvenirs. Bargain when travelling within Asean countries.

  • Consider going to attractions that don’t require entrance fees eg. parks or open-air concerts.

  • Source:http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2007/12/8/lifefocus/19690647&sec=lifefocus

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